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Lay Plan Learning & Open Day


FashionCapital Newsletter

30th May 2018
Dear all,

Lay Plan Learning

This week we are talking lay plans and what an important part of the production process the lay plan is. Design may get all the bright lights and press coverage but without top-notch production those designs fail to become a successful reality. Want to find out how a good lay plan can make the most effective use of fabric and therefore cost? Then come along to our next Factory and Fashion Technology Academy Open Day next Wednesday 6th June. The Open Day is not only an opportunity to meet the team, review the facilities and services but we will also have a dedicated workshop on understanding what a lay plan is.

Wednesday 6th June 1 – 3pm. Contact info@fashioncapital.co.uk  to confirm your attendance.

Make It British Live! A Huge Success

This time last week the team were at Make It British Live! The trade event and conference that promotes British production and products. Held over two days the event has grown year on year and the exceptional turn out just goes to show that the demand for British made goods is out there!

Jenny Beth Golding, Fashion Studio/Brand Manager commented:

“It’s a fantastic event to meet suppliers and build those working relationships to empower the British manufacturing industry. Can’t wait to do it all again next year!”

Jenni at Fashions Finest Africa

Our Development Director Jenni Sutton travelled to Lagos, Nigeria as the headline speaker for the Fashions Finest Africa conference and show. Not only did Jenni talk about how Fashion Enter now successfully produces up to 10,000 units a week in a fully compliant factory, whilst offering accredited qualifications across the complete garment lifecycle, she also got involved with a masterclass and a visit to a new factory and learning facility mirroring what we do right here in London.

Read more about Jenni’s visit here: MasterclassConferenceFactory

Two New Masterclasses from Nick and Eric

Two new masterclasses taking place in July have just gone up. The first is Nick Gould and his popular Legal Eagle masterclass covering all those key legal points you need to know to operate your fashion business. Along with core legal advice Nick is happy to block out 15 minutes of “free” advice and support for any designers that may need his services after the seminar closes at 1pm subject to a first come first serve basis. This is not to be missed!

Tuesday 17th July from 11am – 1pm at Fashioncapital HQ.

Meanwhile, after the triumph of his first masterclass ‘How to Motivate Yourself to Success’ Life & Business Coach, Eric Gilston, is back with advice and top tips on how to improve and maintain good memory skills.

How to Develop a Super Memory with Eric Gilston Thursday 19th July 11am to 1pm at Fashioncapital HQ.

Both masterclasses cost £40- and can be booked via our Masterclasses page.

Next on the Course Agenda

The next Gerber for Beginners course begins on Saturday 9th June at the Fashion Technology Academy. The intense three-day course takes place on Saturday’s from 10am – 3pm provides learners with the skills required for the workplace and within the industry. Led by two leading industry experts who have more than 30 years Gerber experience between them.

Click here for more details.

June & July 1-day & 2-day Courses

An Introduction to Pattern Cutting:Constructing a Skirt Block
+ Skirt Adaptations
+ Constructing a Bodice Block

Absolute Beginners Stitching Course

Intermediate Stitching Course – Constructing a Skirt/Trouser

Advanced Stitching Course

And the TR Pattern Cutting Taster Course are all taking place over June and July, to find out more details and to book please click here.

Please note with some of these courses a 10% discount will be applied if follow-on sessions are booked.

The Factory on Channel 5

Did you see our factory pop up on the Channel 5 programme ‘The Trouble With Marks & Spencer’ last Thursday night? While the programme charted the rise and fall of Britain’s favourite retailer we were pleased that the overall view was one of support for the high street chain.  Our CEO Jenny Holloway commented on how retail and consumer demands have changed over the last five years and therefore production has had to adapt with it.

Spotted On the High Street & In the Press

It’s always a great feeling to see garments made at the Fashion Studio or Factory stocked in stores, featured in the press or worn by the public. This week we spotted Beanie & Bear in the window of ‘not so big’ in Highgate, while Lisa Armstrong named Michaela Jedinak’s Juliette dress as one of the most flattering, statement dresses in The Telegraph.

Fabric Competition Winners

Well done to the 10 individuals that won some navy stretch crepe fabric from our recent FabricStudio / Royal Wedding competition. Here is Ruth Efienokwu she is currently a student at the Fashion Technology Academy, Stitching Academy Level 1. She won by sending in a design of what she would have worn to the Royal Wedding and was selected as one of our lucky winners.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Animal print never dates and this week we’ve picked out this spun poly jersey, easy to work with, in classic black & white. Available now from the FCFabricStudio at £4.50 a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Jenni Sutton gives us a daily insight into her involvement with Fashions Finest Africa.

French fashion brand Carven was officially placed into receivership citing production delays as the cause.

Described as ‘wearable happiness’ Rosa Bloom and her collection of sequined designs is our selected ‘pop up’ of the week.

And Finally…

Graduate Fashion Week begins this Sunday – good luck to all the graduates across all fashion disciplines. Jenni will be there networking with the Uni’s and colleges while JoJo and her team report and capture all the action.

More from the FashionCapital team next time, until then we wish you a great week.


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